Roadwork begins Thursday in Zachary to construct a turning lane at the intersection of La. 64 and McHugh Road.

This section of the Zachary bypass will be closed through Sunday, and the road is scheduled to reopen to motorists on Monday.

City officials are asking drivers to be cautious and mindful of construction crews working in the area.

Master Gardener program

Tips on growing orchids and pruning perennials are the focus of two gardening presentations scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St. The event is free, registration is not necessary and everyone is invited.

The program, the second in an ongoing series of educational presentations offered by the East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association, will begin with “How to Grow and Successfully Re-Bloom Orchids.” Essential elements to growing orchids will be covered in the talk.

In the second presentation, “Pruning Trees, Shrubs and Perennials,” the how, why, when and where of pruning plants to promote health, growth, fruit and blooms will be fully explained.

This year’s Master Gardener presentations rotate among five East Baton Rouge Parish libraries, and all presentations are delivered by Louisiana Master Gardeners, who have completed the LSU Agriculture Center’s comprehensive education program of the same name. For information, visit

Registration deadline nears

Parents can register their children interested in participating in the spring youth baseball program at Zachary Youth Park, 1650 Mount Pleasant Road, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Online registration ends Sunday. To register, visit .

Age brackets for the following types of ball include 4- to 5-year-olds for T-ball, but child must turn 4 before April 30; 6-year-olds, coach’s pitch; 7- to 8-year-olds, coach’s pitch; 9- to 10-year-olds, baseball; and 11- to 12-year-olds, baseball.

For information, call the Zachary Youth Park office at (225) 654-6529.

Master Cattlemen program

LSU Agricultural Center extension offices in East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes are partnering to offer a Master Cattlemen course in Slaughter. The program is designed to educate producers about all aspects of cattle production, including reproduction, nutrition, economics and marketing, breeding and genetics, weed control, forages, animal health, animal handling, end product and beef quality assurance, as well as to increase knowledge about cattle production regardless of the size of an operation or farm.

Cost to attend is $125 and covers teaching materials, meals and refreshments, certificates for graduates and a sign to display on the farm. A minimum number of participants are needed for the course, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be held for 10 consecutive Wednesdays. Each session lasts about three hours.

For details, such as location of program, call Bobby Bingham at (225) 683-3101 or email Also, call Mark Williams at (225) 389-3055 or email

Leadership North applications

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce is still accepting applications for the next session of Leadership North, a leadership development program for people living or working in Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, Zachary or communities in East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes who have the full support of the organization or business they represent. The next session begins March 17. Download an application at and mail to 4633 Main St., Zachary, LA 70791.

For details, call Kate MacArthur or Heather Prejean at (225) 654-6777.

Seeking Class of 1966 grads

Olivia Stelly Burns is seeking graduates of Zachary High School’s Class of 1966 to inform them of a 50th reunion.

Though the reunion is slated for June 18 at Fennwood Hills Country Club in Zachary, a committee is hoping to locate alumni to share details. Some classmates are living in East and West Feliciana parishes, and it’s getting harder to locate them, Burns said.

If you are a graduate of the ZHS class of ’66 or a relative, spouse or friend of a graduate, email Burns at, call (225) 719-0457, or visit Olivia Stelly Burns on Facebook.

Send news and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.